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"After you read Lincoln's Smile, certain pictures and poetry and prose you took for granted are gone, for they are not the same after Alan Trachtenberg has had a good look at them. He has been teaching us--over many years and in many idioms--how to see our world anew without letting vision stand in for all our senses. These essays remind us of how good a teacher he has been." --James Livingston, Rutgers University
"For forty years, Alan Trachtenberg has been writing some of the most thoughtful cultural history and criticism on either side of the Atlantic. He has been especially adept at melding expressive forms too often kept apart--photography, imaginative literature, the urban built environment. It is a boon to our self-understanding to have these fine essays between two covers at last." --Jackson Lears, author of Something for Nothing: Luck in America
"Lincoln's Smile demonstrates why Alan Trachtenberg has been the leading scholar in American studies for more than four decades. His work is not only cultural history but cultural criticism of the highest order. In his essays on literature, photography, and architecture, he builds a bridge from the prophetic writings of Walt Whitman, Van Wyck Brooks, Lewis Mumford, and Constance Rourke to our own perilous moment, daring us to imagine a more democratic horizon in the future." --Casey Nelson Blake, Columbia University
"Alan Trachtenberg is an eminent survivor of the now-dying discipline of American Studies. Lincoln's Smile and Other Enigmas movingly links Trachtenberg to the tradition that goes from Walt Whitman to Hart Crane and Walker Evans. That tradition is vital to whatever cultural eminence our nation may yet hope to retain."